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Poster: Rublev Date: Dec 9, 2008 12:55pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: more mpeg2s?

hey all, just wondering if we could get mpeg2s with all the great stuff that was just uploaded (eisenstein, etc.)?

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Poster: jonc Date: Dec 9, 2008 1:17pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: more mpeg2s?

There is free software such as MediaCoder for Windows that will make the conversion. It can take a while, depending on your system. Why do you need MPEG2, to burn DVDs?

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Poster: Rublev Date: Dec 11, 2008 5:41pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: more mpeg2s?

yeah, anyway to get a good dvd image out of a .ogv or 512 mp4 file?

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Poster: jonc Date: Dec 12, 2008 6:23am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: more mpeg2s?

As a rule, the largest file (e.g., divx), in megabytes, will give you the best quality. If you have a slow connection and don't want to use that much bandwidth, the smaller ones can be converted but won't give you the quality you might expect in a DVD.

MediaCoder will convert these to DVD compatible MPEG2 videos. Read the tutorials in the MediaCoder forums before doing this. IFOEdit is also free and will create the file structure needed as I recall (IFOs, etc.). It is not very intuitive, though.

There is commercial software that will merge all of this into one project, including burning disks. Nero does this in particular. Be sure the video format is supported before spending your money. Or, in Linux, you can automate the process with a script :>)

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Poster: drworm01 Date: Dec 11, 2008 8:33pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: more mpeg2s?

I just want to second the call for more MPEG2's. This is not to criticize other formats being uploaded to the IA. Indeed, let's have formats that people are going to use. But I imagine the IA as being a repository of public domain material that will hopefully be reused--downloaded, manipulated and edited into new contexts. That process is best served by files that are as close to lossless as possible.

I listen to mp3s, I watch Xvid and H.264 encodes of videos, But when I want to play with the material or edit something together, I go as close to the source (CD, DVD, etc) as I can. If people have access to the DVDs of the movies they're uploading ("if" being the operative word), it'd be nice to have the MPEG2 in addition to the encoded, more user-friendly viewing version. When there's only the viewing version, there start to be limits on the reuse options.

And again, because I don't want to run the risk of hurting feelings or be misinterpreted as trying to insult someone, upload movies in whatever format you have and think useful. Heck, upload re-encodes of MPEG2s from the archive optimized for specific media players (Seriously. How cool would that be? "The iPod Horror Pack Vol. 1" with the top 10 horror movies off the archive optimized for iPod). Just don't assume there's no use or desire for a larger, un-encoded version.

Thank you for your time and all the movies. Please keep sharing.